Karen Sheffer

What are the candidate’s experiences?

As one of the PSDAA board members (2021-2024 term), one of my responsibilities were as follows:
  • Bylaws committee
  • Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame (LAHoF) Assistant Chair
  • Alumni Day 2022 Chair
  • Steve Florio “A Legacy of an Oak Tree” Student Fund, Chair
  • PSD2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend Core Committee
What are the candidate’s activities in the deaf community?

  • New York University Student Advocacy Organization, President, NYC, NY
  • Deaf Community Services Advisory Board Member, San Diego, CA
  • Deafpride, Inc. Board Member – Washington, DC
  • Deaf Access Services Board of Directors, President – Frederick, MD
  • Gallaudet University Alumni Association Board Member – Washington, DC
  • PSD Alumni Association Board Member – Philadelphia, PA
What does the candidate volunteer in the deaf community?

  • Maryland Association of the Deaf 2005 Conference Chair
  • Deaf Women United 2005 – Logistics/Hospitality Chair
  • Brick Fundraising Chair – 1998-2001 Maryland School for the Deaf
  • MD Association of the Deaf Mini-conference Chair – 1998
  • Phi Kappa Zeta Regional Mini-conference Fundraising Chair – 1989
  • Deaf American Ball – National Association of the Deaf- Chair – 1989
  • Deaf Women United – Assistant Chair Planning Committee – 1985-1987
What are the candidate’s goals to improve PSDAA?

To increase sense of belonging to PSD by building relationships with alumni as well as students, staff, teachers, PSD Board of Trustees and administrators:

  • Increase alumni engagement through strong communication channels, community/alumni events and social media followers
  • To bring prospective alumni to campus to share their work experience and wisdom with students and alumni
  • And, to provide students some networking opportunities
  • To expand PSDAA membership.
  • Continue with fundraising efforts to support TWO scholarship funds for PSD students.
  • Preserve PSD’s rich history!